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Rivera-Rodriguez, Melanis, PsyD

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: GL - 340B

Phone: 305-348-1460


Dr. Melanis Rivera-Rodríguez is a licensed psychologist who is a Doctor in Psychology (Psy.D.) with a focus on Clinical Psychology from Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Puerto Rico. Dr. Rivera - Rodríguez was formally trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and evidence based practices while completing a certification in Primary Care Behavioral Health from UMASS Amherst in 2012. Dr. Rivera-Rodriguez completed a Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation informed internship in 2013.

After completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Rivera-Rodriguez received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship degree in 2014 from Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine with a specialty in Clinical Health Psychology. She became licensed in the state of Florida in 2014 and has worked in hospital settings, private treatment center, and community counseling settings. Dr. Rivera-Rodriguez’s areas of interest span from Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and practices from an integrative model that incorporates interpersonal, acceptance and commitment, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness therapies. Her research interests include benefits of mindfulness, personality styles, post-traumatic stress disorder/trauma processing and enhancing the well-being of medical students.

Dr. Rivera - Rodríguez work specializes in eating disorders, personality disorders, anxiety and depression. She is currently an Assistant Professor and a part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Rivera-Rodriguez approach focused on multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations in destigmatizing and enhancing the accessibility to therapeutic and counseling services.

Education and Training:

  • Certification in Primary Care Behavioral Health, University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Integrated Primary Care, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Doctor in Psychology, Psy.D., Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Fellowship degree in Clinical Health Psychology, Jackson memorial Hospital/ University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida


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